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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Claims Best Opening Day of 2014 with $55 MillionNovember 22, 2014 02:40 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Lionsgate reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 opened to $55 million on Friday, including Thursday night's $17 million start. While Friday's showing is down 22.5 percent from Catching Fire's $71 million opening day, the first Mockingjay drew a stronger Thursday-to-Friday multiple (3.2x) than did Catching Fire (2.8x) from its $25.25 million early shows on the same weekend last year.

Fans and casual viewers didn't feel the need to rush out so abruptly for Mockingjay - Part 1, which can likely be explained by a number of reasons such as the lack of a true ending to the story, the general perception that Mockingjay is the least favorite among fans of the original book series, hazardous snowstorms plaguing some parts of the country, and other contributing factors. How the film plays out from here will be even more telling, although it seems like the general consensus for now is that split stories and split finales have finally played out some of their welcome among audiences. The only franchise to mostly escape that fate thus far has been Harry Potter, which essentially began the trend with November 2010's Deathly Hallows Part 1. That film bowed to a $61.7 million opening day as part of a $125 million weekend.

Early word of mouth for the first half of Mockingjay is mostly positive with an 83 percent Flixster score as of Saturday morning, although that's down from Catching Fire's excellent 1-day after score of 94 percent. Critics haven't been as kind to the film this time around either (driven by the same aversion to split finales), giving it a 68 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. All of this being said, the film will still claim 2014's best opening weekend thus far with a projected $122 million. That figure could go higher if this entry proves to be a bit more back-loaded by general audiences. Where the film lands in the end is difficult to tell right now given the new territory the franchise is in right now, but combined with strong overseas returns, Lionsgate still has plenty of reason to be satisfied as they prepare the series' final film for November 2015.

Meanwhile, Big Hero 6 took second place yesterday with $4.48 million. That figure was down 44 percent from last Friday, identical to Wreck-It Ralph's drop on its third Friday. Big Hero 6 has tallied $120.1 million domestically so far, placing it 12 percent ahead of Ralph's pace. BoxOffice projects an $18.9 million weekend.

Dumb and Dumber To slid 70 percent from opening day to $4.3 million yesterday. With $47.95 million in the bank through eight days of release, BoxOffice is projecting a $13.9 million sophomore frame.

Interstellar was off 49 percent from last Friday to $4.22 million yesterday. Christopher Nolan's space epic has earned a domestic total of $109.8 million through its first 15 days. BoxOffice projects a $14 million third weekend.

Rounding out the top five in a tie for Friday, Gone Girl and Beyond the Lights each brought in $0.8 million. The former title's domestic haul is now up to $154.8 million, while the latter title's 8-day gross stands at $8.3 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Mar. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$3,293,39213%3,9120$842$150,253,4362Disney
2The Call$1,558,94724%2,507--$622$19,931,6661Sony / TriStar
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$891,27719%3,160--$282$11,815,7241Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$619,22827%3,357-168$184$55,114,9263Warner Bros. / New Line
5Identity Thief$439,98023%2,842-160$155$124,402,6606Universal
621 And Over$354,64820%2,424-347$146$22,568,9553Relativity Media
7Snitch (2013)$328,37124%2,35313$140$37,854,2864Lionsgate / Summit
8Dead Man Down$284,16725%2,1880$130$9,884,2042FilmDistrict
9Silver Linings Playbook$282,77020%1,602-125$177$125,069,76318Weinstein Company
10Safe Haven$237,94722%2,206-335$108$67,344,6535Relativity Media
11Escape From Planet Earth$199,37022%2,211-338$90$52,540,9385Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$128,40123%1,117-608$115$65,704,0235Fox
13The Last Exorcism Part II$87,87810%1,575-1125$56$14,549,0903CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$145,99538%646-25$226$121,596,77417Fox
2Quartet$134,52029%688-27$196$15,072,62710Weinstein Company
3Emperor$78,80816%31150$253$2,175,3602Roadside Attractions
4Side Effects (2013)$67,73138%402-200$168$30,599,5936Open Road
5Argo$54,3216%540-201$101$135,283,83923Warner Bros.
6Warm Bodies$52,3356%659-393$79$64,681,9377Lionsgate / Summit
7Lincoln$52,05526%46634$112$181,501,81219Disney / DreamWorks
8Dark Skies$51,43013%703-802$73$16,744,0934Weinstein / Dimension
9Zero Dark Thirty$45,20815%450-72$100$95,398,77113Sony / Columbia
10Django Unchained$40,08121%266-70$151$161,656,60812Weinstein Company
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$32,82315%305-32$108$302,454,44914Warner Bros. / New Line
12Les Miserables (2012)$25,20516%241-45$105$148,525,28512Universal
13Rise of The Guardians$18,24022%213-62$86$103,038,83817Paramount / DreamWorks
14Parental Guidance$15,48922%2223$70$76,572,05712Fox
15Mama$13,3501%204-10$65$71,351,9409Universal
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$12,91029%130-95$99$54,701,9938Paramount
17The Impossible$12,87371%105-9$123$18,635,04613Lionsgate / Summit
18Jack Reacher$10,11114%130-64$78$80,052,61613Paramount
19Beautiful Creatures (2013)$8,87225%125-156$71$19,189,8805Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$39,79242%9477$423$713,5233Fox Searchlight
2Girl Rising$15,77049%18-6$876$406,5162Gathr Films
3To the Arctic 3D$15,255197%520$293$11,710,28448Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Parker$7,4016%9258$80$17,550,7018FilmDistrict
5Bless Me, Ultima$5,850-2%45-7$130$1,476,9224Arenas Entertainment
6Born to Be Wild 3D$5,322-22%300$177$22,219,004102Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Gangster Squad$4,89117%50-40$98$45,929,44110Warner Bros.
8Hyde Park on Hudson$4,28059%31-8$138$6,343,66315Focus
9From Up on Poppy Hill$3,327-16%2--$1,664$64,8671GKIDS
10The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$2,983-1%45-11$66$318,2383Methinx Entertainment
11Kai Po Che$2,58489%42-29$62$1,084,3364UTV Motion Pictures
12Camp (2013)$1,916-10%1511$128$68,9284Freestyle Releasing